Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Walk to Take in Churches and Other Sights; This Week Bob Woodhouse Visits Sowerby and Thirsk

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Walk to Take in Churches and Other Sights; This Week Bob Woodhouse Visits Sowerby and Thirsk

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A LEVEL route around Sowerby and Thirsk takes in a range of fine natural settings and many fascinating man-made features and buildings.

Starting from St Oswald's Church on Front Street at Sowerby we pass the adjacent Methodist church and cross the road to turn into Gravel Hole Lane. After crossing Back Lane we continue ahead to the junction with Topcliffe Road (B1448) and turn right to pass Thirsk School and then the nursery school (right) before turning left into Green Lane West.

Sowerby Parish Oswald -the Passing Admiral's Court (right) we follow the track between hedges to a metal kissing gate on our right hand side. The railway is on lower ground to our left as we continue ahead around the field edge before heading to the right across the field to "The Old Red House".

Crossing the car park, "Old Red House" is on our left and we turn to the right along Station Road with the racecourse lining the left hand area. On the approach to the grandstand we catch sight of the tower of St Mary's Church on our left.

At the mini roundabout we walk ahead to follow the footpath on the left (at the bend) to open ground and the site of Thirsk Castle. Keeping to the right of the mound we follow the roadway to the left into the market place and then make our way to the left along Kirkgate.

Church. of St starting point Thirsk Hall and then St Mary's Church are prominent (left) before we bear left into Norby Front Street.

The Black Swan lines the roadside on our left and we cross the footbridge to walk ahead with Cod Beck on our left.

At the junction of routes we bear to the right over a set of stones slabs and then cross two slab footbridges before reaching Stockton Road. Walking to the right for about 50 yards we then turn left into Stoneybrough Lane and pass Stoneybrough Farm (left) before following the upper road over the A19. …

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